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May 12 14 tweets 6 min read
As #SupremeCourt orders no further action on pending #Sedition cases, our year-long investigation of sedition data & stories—used by most petitioners in current case—lays bare how cases rose 28% every year after 2014. 1/n… 25 #Sedition cases filed after anti-#CAA protests, 22 after #Hathras gang rape, 27 after #Pulwama bombings: 519 sedition cases by #Modi govt (2014-2020), against protest movements, journalists, intellectuals. 2/n
May 11 6 tweets 3 min read
Sudhir Hegde, 54, is a devotee of Sringeri Mutt & assistant commissioner of police. This #Ramzan, he & his officers visited 19 mosques & many of 100 temples during Ramzan/Ramnavami. @SauravK1890 reports on a unique initiative.1/n… As first apprehensive, then relieved, faithful at mosques watched as uniformed officers met them & joined in iftar. ACP Hegde brought his considerable experience in keeping the peace to bear in Madiwala, #Bengaluru

Nov 19, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
"Jhoota hain ye"
Farmers at Tikri Kalan protest site on the furthest reaches of a west Delhi metro line celebrate, but tell @iyerkavi they
won’t return to their villages. Nobody trusts #Modi govt & want more clarity on parliamentary process before they leave “We’ve been called Khalistani, Talibani, terrorist, sometimes it’s been said this is a Jat protest, Sikh protest…The PM of this nation today had to ask forgiveness from farmers, we have learned how to take out country forward, together.” : Meet Mann
Nov 1, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Justice delayed, if not entirely denied, to families of fake ‘encounter’ victims, @rads_j writes. In Pilibhit fake ‘encounter’ where #UP police shot 10 Sikh pilgrims in 1991, accused police personnel convicted 25 years after murders.… A 2018 survey of 15,563 people conducted across 22 states and UTs by Common Cause and Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), The Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR) 2018 revealed that one out of two Indians condoned the use of violence by the police.
Jul 6, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
With #StanSwamy's death, there are now 15 accused in jail for alleged involvment in #BhimaKoregaon case, alleged conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister #NarendraModi, overthrow govt & wage war against India.
This THREAD takes you govt claims, evidence & profiles of accused
The 15 are charged under 10 sections of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (UAPA), whose legal processes, as @abhinavsekhri10's July 2020 analysis showed, render a person’s guilt or innocence irrelevant.…
Jul 5, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
As his bail plea was being heard, Stan Swamy, 84, who used constitutional rights to assist Adivasis, Dalits, undertrials for half a century, died. A Jesuit priest, Swamy was #NIA’s 16th & oldest, arrest in the #BhimaKoregaon case. @ChitrangadaC's profile… “In Father Stan, I found a compassionate person who wanted dignity and self-respect for all Indians,” said Damodar Turi, who helped start an anti-displacement advocacy in 2006 in Jharkhand with people like Swamy. “An ally of the oppressed, from the streets to the courts.”
Mar 19, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
#HidmeMarkam, 28 yr-old Adivasi activist arrested by police, accused of carrying out deadly Maoist attacks over 2016-20, a period she spent meeting politicians, officials about displacement, incarceration of Adivasis in Bastar, #Chhattisgarh: @ChitrangadaC… Markam (in light, pink sari) at a rally of Jail Bandi Rihai Manch (Release Prisoners Forum) in Kuakonda, Dantewada, in June 2019. Public meeting was attended by local MLAs, including Vikram Mandavi (in the white shirt) and Devti Karma (in the cream sari) of the #Congress party
Mar 17, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
22 years ago, when Debolina Saha was 14, her science tutor allegedly sexually abused her. For years, she lived with the trauma. Then, she decided to speak up, leading to his arrest 23 years after the crime.
@NuraRadha has the story of how she did it.… “At first, it was a casual side hug,” recalled Saha. “It did strike me as odd, but nothing to make an issue of.” In a matter of days, the casual hugging gave way to more aggressive sexual assault acts and before she could realise, he digitally raped her.
Jan 31, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Since Jan 28, the police have filed FIRs against 9 Indian journalists nationwide. Details in this thread. Sedition and charges under 6 other sections of the law were filed in 4 BJP- ruled states (UP, MP, Haryana & Karnataka) and Delhi (where the police report to the home minister) against @zafaragha70 @rajdeepsardesai @mrinalpande1 @anantnath @vinodjose, and Paresh Nath
Sep 1, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
After 99 days in jail, JNU M.Phil scholar Devangana Kalita released on bail by the Delhi High Court. She is among 12 anti-#CAA activists of instigating riots that claimed 53 lives in northeast Delhi between 23 and 25 February 2020.… Delhi police had accused them of 33 offences under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 (an explanation of the Act is here), the Arms Act, 1959, and the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967.
Sep 1, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
Allahabad High Court revokes use of National Security Act against Dr #KafeelKhan. He is likely to be freed after 212 days in jail without trial. "I welcome the decision & thank the court. This decision will be an example in history," his brother Adeel Khan tells @Saurabhsherry. UP's #BJP govt had in February slapped the NSA on Dr Khan for an anti-#CAA speech, in which he had called home minister Amit Shah "motabhai" and said Shah could not see human beings but Hindus and Muslims
Aug 3, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read
Today lawyer @pbhushan1 filed a reply to the contempt petition against him from the Supreme Court. Some highlights: "Tweet regarding the CJI riding a motorcycle
(6 June) was made primarily to underline my anguish at the non physical functioning of the SC for the last more than 3 months, as a result of which fundamental rights of citizens, such as those in detention, those destitute & poor..."
May 14, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Finance Minister: "Migrant labourers will be able to access food through a 'one nation one ration' card no matter where they are. 100% national portability by March 2021. To benefit nearly 670 million people". Follow thread for facts: Launched in April 2018, the One Nation-One-Ration-Card scheme should have given migrants access to rations wherever they were by now. The programme is under various stages of implementation, with some states more advanced than others & currently of little use.